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Schooling's reality check for social care inspection

By Derren Hayes |

16 February 2016

It is time for Ofsted to reconsider its remit

By Derren Hayes |

24 November 2015

New Ofsted inspections must show consistency

By Derren Hayes |

04 March 2014

Inspection is a tough brief. Just like a football referee, an Ofsted inspector will rarely please everyone: one minute you are being accused by politicians and the public of being too soft and failing to spot bad practice, while the next, those you regulate will be hopping up and down over a perceived injustice in judgment.

New inspections must show us the big picture

By Ravi Chandiramani |

01 October 2013

Ofsted provokes outright hostility among many local authority folk.

Never mind the inspectorate, recruit the right inspectors

By Ravi Chandiramani |

18 April 2011

On the face of it, the education select committee's call to split Ofsted into two separate inspectorates for education and children's care would represent a further step away from services centred on the needs of the whole child. It is a trend played out in several areas through the disappearance of children's trust arrangements and local authority children's services departments.